Forty-four years ago this weekend, in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first people to walk on the moon. This was a big, exciting event, and the whole world watched as Mr. Armstrong took the first step and said the memorable words, “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” But something else exciting happened BEFORE they walked on the moon. Since everyone had already put in a full day’s work with this new and technical operation of getting the spaceship on the moon, NASA had scheduled time after the landing for the astronauts to eat and get a goodnight’s sleep before their big walking adventure. But shortly after they landed, astronaut Aldrin took communion on the moon. Mr. Aldrin is an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He had arranged with his home church, Webster Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX, to carry a pinch of bread and a small chalice of wine so that in this remarkable place and in the midst of this amazing work, he could stop and express his gratitude and hope. There on the moon, Mr. Aldrin took time to acknowledge that Jesus was with him.
Our Bible story today reminds us of the importance of recognizing that Jesus is with us. In this Bible story, Jesus is visiting His friends Lazarus and Martha and Mary. Martha is busy being hostess and getting the meal ready…and Mary is just sitting and visiting with Jesus. When Martha gets upset that Mary is not working, Jesus reminds her that welcoming is not just the serving of a meal but also the reception…the being with your friends. Jesus is our friend and He invites us to be present with Him.
So every time you look at the moon, remember that astronaut Aldrin took time there to share that moment with Jesus. And the next time you are in the midst of great work…or great play, you, too, can take a moment to recognize that Jesus is with you and to share your gratitude and hope with Him. You can celebrate the presence of Jesus wherever and whenever and whoever you are.
Will you say a prayer with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
for being with me.
to welcome You
and be present with You
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.